Last updated: 2017-01-17
CO Darrin Kittelson (Int?l Falls) reports recent cold weather has kept most people inside, however with warmer weather over the weekend more people ventured outside. Fishing success on Rainy Lake was slow, typical January, and snowmobile trail conditions are improving as the groomers are out in full force. Enforcement action included operate motor vehicle on snowmobile trail.
CO John Slatinski (International Falls #2) reports improving ice conditions and a reprieve from the frigid weather snowmobile riding, ice fishing, and cross country skiing activity saw an increase this week. Officer Slatinski assisted other officers with the execution of search warrants and evidence collection. He also assisted with freeing a vehicle stuck as a result of slush on Rainy Lake. Enforcement activities included driving conduct on snowmobiles and various fishing and fish house related violations.
CO Colleen Adam (Ray) assisted with ongoing investigation and reports and also checked ice fishing and trapping activity. The Parks and Trails staff have been busy trying to set up/groom the state trails and local clubs are keeping spur trails in good shape for access to services. Ice conditions are variable and many areas with flooding and slush.
CO Troy Fondie (Orr) reports monitoring area lakes for angling activity. Trout angling was monitored with little activity. Area snowmobile trails were monitored with a slight increase in activity.
CO John Velsvaag (Cook) checked snowmobilers and anglers this past week. CO Velsvaag also followed up on a snaring complaint.
CO Marc Hopkins (Tower) assisted with search warrants and trapping case.
CO Don Bozovsky (Hibbing) primarily worked angling and trout angling activity. Otter and bobcat were also registered. A considerable amount of time was spent working with other conservation officers on search warrants in the Hibbing station.
CO Matt Frericks (Virginia) spent time checking anglers on area lakes and snowmobilers on area trails. Area snowmobile trails are in good shape where they have been groomed, where the groomer has not run over the trail it is noticeably rougher. CO Frericks assisted other conservation officers in serving a search warrant. Enforcement action was taken for angling with extra lines.
CO Mark Fredin (Aurora) assisted other officers with the execution of search warrants and assisted with a trapping case. Fishermen on local trout lakes were checked and some Lake and Rainbow Trout are being caught. Violations of expired ATV and snowmobile registration were found along with no MN angling license and no fish house shelter license.